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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Wild Side Edition – Eight Meta Staples and Thirty-Three Off-Meta Brews to Climb the Ladder With

At first glance, our formerly swingy Meta has now settled, like the tides, for a predictable pattern... Yet, under the surface, there's a staggering amount of off-meta brews and experimental blends.
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Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

Step inside, please, and leave office quibbles behind. Friday's here, at last -- time for fun, a bit of risk, and fair fights!

So, what shall I furnish you with? Our fine selection, carefully curated from distinguished datamancers Balco and Legna, has everything from risky brews to the most potent Meta staples.

Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at the current Meta?

… peruse our Top Cut?

  • Lulu Ahri, this week's challenger to the throne,
  • Their Eternal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima,
  • Pantheon Taric, again near the top,
  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, returned with a vengeance to among the strongest of the strong,
  • The eternal stalkers, Ahri Kennen Shadows, who have now surpassed the Queen and King in popularity,

… maybe check other strong Meta Staples?

  • Fizz Lulu, aka YiA, proving they are no fluke,
  • Trundle Tryndamere Shadows, making a surprise return at near the top,
  • Darkness,

… visit our newly-stocked Connoisseur's Corner?

  • Jinx Poppy, a real rarity from the the Asia Pacific shard,
  • Zed Poppy Rally, returned to relevance with nary a change in their old decklist,
  • Zed Lulu Rally, another take reviving Rally Elusives,
  • Jinx Legacy Poros, because why go Champless when you can go Jinx?
  • Caitlyn Senna, a permission- and top-heavy deck,
  • Kalista Elise, a mutation of Iceborn Spiders,
  • Kindred Lux,
  • Draven Jinx, a returned classic,

… or shall we take a walk on the wild side, and sample some of the many, many blends that prominent pilots are testing at the top?

  • Zed Riven,
  • Captain Lucian, one of this week's decks that attempt the Bannerman route,
  • Supressin' Miss Fortune Poppy,
  • Ziggs Zilean,
  • Jayce Kindred Heimer,
  • Frozen Bonds,
  • Caitlyn Draven Tribeam,
  • Sejuani Swain, because not decks showcase is complete without the Grand General,
  • Azir Irelia Kennen,
  • Kalista Viego, another take on the Matron Cithria combo,
  • Garen Jarvan Elites, another Bannerman deck,
  • Elise Fizz,
  • Braum Swain Scargrounds, a very different take on the Scargrounds archetype,
  • Noxus Teemo Burn,
  • Elise Teemo Burn,
  • Ezreal Teemo Burn,
  • Aye, there seems to be a lot of interest in Burn!
  • Spicy Scouts, ft. Jarvan,
  • Bandle Brothers, ft. Rumble,
  • Sivir Ziggs Noxurimaggro,
  • Bandle Jinx Rumble,
  • Lonesome BandleZaun Lulu,
  • Lonesome Senna's Regrets,
  • Yordle Rally, ft. Fizz, Tristana & Poppy,
  • Ezreal Kennan,
  • The Hairy Rose.

The Meta -- Still Waters Run Deep

At first glance, our formerly swingy Meta has now settled, like the tides, for a predictable pattern: a new deck, in this case Lulu Ahri, has risen to challenge Ahri Kennen's rule…

… while those that closely follow are the usual suspect, as they say.

Yet, in spite of most other faces among the top blends being fairly familiar, as Legna says in his last Monday's tweet (link):

The meta seems to be reaching a sort of stability even when using day-by-day playrates which is quite rare to see. At the same time the amount of new deckcodes I'm finding remain constant/high. 

In other words: there's indeed no shortage of experimentation and spicy blends to sample, my friend, if such is your wish, as I hope you shall let me show you!

And, as we'll see below, underneath the surface even the familiar faces at the top are undergoing some degree of refinement and fine-tuning.

A Cut Above the Rest -- 55% winrate or more, at Plat+

For those seeking power and confidence, these are the best of the best: tried and true Meta Staples, all with a playrate above 1% in Platinum and upper echelons -- leaving therefore little room for doubt about the accuracy of their performance -- and winrates that, by Riot's own definition, are in the "broken" range.

Lulu Ahri

The best performing archetype in the past three days, and with still room for tweaks, like whether or not to include Pix!Pix!.

Data strongly suggests that some form of counterspell, like DenyDeny or Nopeify!Nopeify!, is a requirement.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Trundle Shadows builds, Anivia Shadows, slightly disfavored versus Ahri Kennen blends & Scouts

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
19
1
Pix!
2
Pix!
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
7
Windfarer Hatchling
2
Windfarer Hatchling
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
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Their Royal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima

More things swing, the more they stay the same -- although it is perhaps puzzling how stable this blend's playrate is, and how other lower-performing formulas are always preferred over it.

Interestingly, our Queen and King may not have reached their peak: the Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed variant, which data increasingly shows as superior (and therefore the one we currently suggest), is not yet the most popular.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Pantheon Blends, Taliyah Ziggs, and the list goes on…

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus Trundle Tryndamere, Pirates, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
2
3
9
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Pantheon Taric Demacia

Taric has proven by now its permanence at the peak is no fluke.

And, like Ahri Kennen, this archetype's most popular list is not the best performer, hinting at potential for growth. Our suggested formula, which is the second most popular, makes a bit of room for HushHush and an extra BastionBastion)

Strong Against: Scouts, Darkness, Champless Poros, Elise Trundle, Thralls, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana, Fizz Lulu, Lee Sin Zoe, Lulu Zed Rally, Draven Jinx

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
6
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Yet again we find the same pattern: the Cithria the BoldCithria the Bold variant, by far the most popular, may still be improved: Genevieve ElmheartGenevieve Elmheart, with a single copy of RiposteRiposte, seems to fare even better.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Elise Noxus, Champless Poros, Pirates, Thralls

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Sentinel Control, Jayce Lux, Vladimir Braum

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
20
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
Grizzled Ranger
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Ahri Kennen Shadows

Perhaps the most interesting bit of news at the top: the Shadows variant of the ruling Queen and King, while still trailing a few decimals behind in performance, has overtaken the Shurima variant when it comes to popularity -- perhaps partly thanks to Kevor's detailed guide (link), which he wrote after reaching and retaining Top #1 on the Americas leaderboard with this blend.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon blends, Akshan Sivir, Heimer Jayce blends

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus, Thralls, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
2
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Conspirator
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Other Strong Meta Staples -- above 53% winrate at Plat+

If none of the above blends are what you would call your cup of tea, my friend, then maybe these other powerful Meta Staples can fit the bill -- all of them likewise boasting a playrate of at least 1% in Platinum and above, so their potency is well-proven.

Any of these you take to the ladder, you can be assured you are bringing one of the best tools for the job

Fizz Lulu Bandlezaun, aka YiA

Perhaps the most refined archetype from among the Staples, with the most proficient blends only current disagreement being the exact number of FizzFizzs to bring.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Elise Noxus, Pantheon blends, Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Taliyah Ziggs, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Shadows blends, Kindred Sentinels

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
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Trundle Tryndamere Shadows

Those that frequent our fine establishment will probably label this archetype's resurgence as the biggest -- even if mild, overall -- surprise: as of late, Trundle Tryndamere had been on the decline.

Its boosted performance seems to be linked to most blends cutting Commander LedrosCommander Ledros, and either relying more heavily on spells, or bringing It That StaresIt That Stares into the mix.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Pirates, Kindred Sentinels, Ahri Lulu

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Taliyah Ziggs, Thralls

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
5
2
5
3
8
4
8
5
3
6
11
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
3
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
7
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
24
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Veigar Senna, aka Darkness

Joining the trend of familiar faces willing to undergo a small facelift, this well-known archetype's best-performing blends are ditching Go HardGo Hard, to make room for Group ShotGroup Shot and sometimes a copy of The RekindlerThe Rekindler.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Fizz Lulu, Pirates, Kindred Sentinels, Nightfall, Lee Sin Zoe

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Taliyah Ziggs, Thralls, Akshan Sivir, Jayce Lux

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
2
3
8
4
4
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
18
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Other Considerations

There are of course several others very playable Meta Staples in the 50%-53% WR range, which we have chosen not to openly display lest the list becomes too long -- do drop me a comment, my friend, should any of the other well-known decks be your weapon of choice, and I shall furnish you with whatever information I possess.

Connoisseur's Corner

There's climbing.

And then there's climbing with flair.

All archetypes in our Connoisseur's Corner have at least two hundred games under their belt -- and sometimes quite a bit more -- in the Ladder's upper echelons, where they all boast winrates above 52%. If you are looking for weaponry that is well-tested yet little-known, look no further!

Jinx Poppy Discard Aggro

Ah, now this brew is truly a delicacy: a blend so rare that, until three days ago, only five players from across all shards were playing it at Masters.

And, two weeks ago, it was played solely and uniquely in the Asia Pacific server -- attentive readers may remember it being showcased by Leer and Wamuu as they shared with the world their notes (link) about their finds while rummaging Balco's Secret Single-Shard Stash.

So rare a blend, in fact, that you will not currently find matchup data for it from Legna or Balco, which would normally mean that we would list this brew in our Wild Side section…

… but, in this case, Wamuu was so in love with this idea that he took it for a wild romp in Masters, with rocketing success -- if you want to learn about this blend in depth, my friend, then Wamuu's guide (link) should do a better job than I ever will.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
16
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Purpleberry Shake
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
3
Suit Up!
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Zed Poppy Rally

Discarded and forgotten after innumerable nerfs, the ruthless rulers of the pre-Ahri era seem to have returned. The list is almost indistinguishable from the pre-nerf formula, giving credence to the rumor that mixing Rally with Elusives is never a losing proposition.

Strong Against: Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Scouts, slight disadvantage versus Darkness

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
16
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
3
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Zed Lulu Rally

Another take to revive Rally Elusives -- all three shards currently show the exact list that we suggest as their most popular, which strongly implies that this archetype may rock the boat quite a bit next week.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Pantheon Taric, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Scouts, Trundle Shadows builds, Anivia Shadows

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Ionia
22 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
11
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Navori Bladescout
1
Navori Bladescout
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Laurent Protege
1
Laurent Protege
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Jinx Legacy Poros

Champless Poros, but with less -less and more Jinx.

Surely that cannot possibly go wrong!

Strong Against: Darkness, Champless Poros, Freljord Shadows builds

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Elise Noxus Scouts, Pantheon Shyvana

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Freljord
11 cards
Rarities
12 000
champion
2
epic
0
rare
11
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
12
2
6
3
2
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
2
4
Jinx
2
Jinx
Followers
15
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
Spells
23
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Stress Testing
3
Stress Testing
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Iterative Improvement
3
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
Iceborn Legacy
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Caitlyn Senna

A permission-heavy, top-heavy deck, much more popular in the APAC shard than the others. Notice its good matchups into two of the strongest Meta Staples.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Scouts, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Darkness, Lurkers

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
5
3
6
4
9
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
8
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
9
Commander Ledros
3
Commander Ledros
9
Corina Veraza
2
Corina Veraza
Spells
26
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
4
Gotcha!
2
Gotcha!
4
Statikk Shock
1
Statikk Shock
4
The Box
3
The Box
5
Withering Mist
3
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
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Frozen Kalista Elise

A mutation of the Iceborn Spiders archetype, with Kalista instead of Trundle and more spider synergy.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Ahri Kennen Shadows -- even into Scouts

Struggles Against: Champless Poros (a really bad matchup), Darkness, Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
0
4
0
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
Followers
12
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
7
They Who Endure
3
They Who Endure
Spells
22
1
Crawling Sensation
3
Crawling Sensation
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Brood Awakening
3
Brood Awakening
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
Iceborn Legacy
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Kindred Lux

Mostly an APAC-only blend until last week, this take on the Matron Cithria combo has now become widespread.

Here is a YouTube video (link) by prominent pilot freshlobster, with the ins and outs of this deck.

Strong Against: Pantheon Shyvana, Jayce Lux, Nightfall

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Darkness, Elise Trundle, Anivia Shadows (horrible matchup)

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
17
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
2
Minion
1
Minion
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
8
Spectral Matron
3
Spectral Matron
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Draven Jinx

It would seem these are good times for going wide -- and few blends do so faster than this old classic, somewhat forgotten after the arrival of Sion.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Pantheon blends, Champless Poros

Struggles Against: Darkness (horrible matchup), Ahri Kennen blends, Freljord Shadows Control blends

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
11
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
2
Legion Rearguard
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Boom Baboon
1
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
4
Crowd Favorite
3
Crowd Favorite
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
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A Walk on the Wild Side

As Legna mentioned in his tweet, there is much to rejoice if you find little pleasure in a steady, predictable climb, and would rather run the risks of ranking with rare brews: the amount of experimental blends is staggering, to put it mildly.

All these below brews have but a few handful of games in the last few days -- while, according to the data, they all performed grandly at Platinum and above, the small sample size makes these claims somewhat shaky. Anything from blind luck to ungodly piloting skills could skew the results, therefore our usual two Wild Side caveats apply here: pilots beware, and no guts no glory!

Zed Riven

A Riven blend, as tradition demands; not ideal against Scouts and Ahri Kennen Shurima, but boasting extremely high winrates.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
13
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
3
Zed
3
Zed
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
19
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
5
Kato The Arm
3
Kato The Arm
6
Horns of the Dragon
2
Horns of the Dragon
Spells
13
1
Blade's Edge
1
Blade's Edge
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
3
Might
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
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Captain Lucian 

An all-Demacia blend, save for the Yordle Captain making everything bigger.

Regions
Demacia
37 cards
Bandlecity
3 cards
Rarities
21 300
champion
3
epic
6
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
8
3
7
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Lucian
3
Lucian
Followers
30
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Penitent Squire
3
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
3
Laurent Protege
1
Laurent Protege
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
7
1
Radiant Strike
2
Radiant Strike
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Prismatic Barrier
1
Prismatic Barrier
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
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Supressin' Miss Fortune Poppy 

A take on Scouts, with Poppy and Stony SuppressorStony Suppressor into the mix. Do notice it loses to the standard Scouts deck.

Strong Against: Darkness, Ahri Kennen blends, Champless Poros, Draven Rumble, Pirates

Struggles Against: Scouts, Lurkers, Pantheon blends (really bad matchups), Elise Trundle

Regions
Bilgewater
13 cards
Demacia
27 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
18
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
11
2
8
3
8
4
1
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Jagged Butcher
2
Jagged Butcher
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Stony Suppressor
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
4
Grizzled Ranger
1
Grizzled Ranger
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
5
Razorscale Hunter
1
Razorscale Hunter
6
Citrus Courier
1
Citrus Courier
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
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Ziggs Zilean 

You want Landmarks? We've got Landmarks -- aggressively so.

Regions
Bandlecity
11 cards
Shurima
32 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
17
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
9
2
19
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
18
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
3
Waste Walker
3
Waste Walker
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
8
The Arsenal
3
The Arsenal
Spells
11
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
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Jayce Kindred Heimerdinger

A slight variation of Jayce Heimer Shadows, which has grown a bit in popularity as of late.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
4
0
3
1
11
2
6
3
5
4
5
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
1
Jayce
4
Kindred
2
Kindred
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
6
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
Adaptatron 3000
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
28
0
Production Surge
2
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Frozen Bonds 

Draven and Darius, on the rocks.

Strong Against: Darkness, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Scouts, Lurkers, Ahri Kennen blends, Pantheon Taric, Fizz Lulu 

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Noxus
28 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
8
3
0
4
5
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
6
Darius
3
Darius
Followers
24
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
8
Captain Farron
3
Captain Farron
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
3
Brothers' Bond
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
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Caitlyn Draven Tribeam

A fairly old archetype that seems to have sparked renewed interest as of late.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana -- slight edge versus Lurkers and Scouts

Struggles Against: Darkness, Ahri Kennen blends (horrible matchup)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
3
2
20
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Draven
3
Draven
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
8
Lost Soul
3
Lost Soul
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Timewinder
2
Timewinder
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
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Sejuani Swain

As with Riven, no showcase of decks can call itself complete until the Grand General shows up.

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts

Struggles Against: Lurkers

Regions
Noxus
24 cards
Freljord
16 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
19
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
5
2
13
3
8
4
5
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Swain
3
Swain
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
14
2
Crimson Disciple
3
Crimson Disciple
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Ember Maiden
3
Ember Maiden
4
Citybreaker
3
Citybreaker
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Death Lotus
2
Death Lotus
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Ice Shard
3
Ice Shard
3
Might
2
Might
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2